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"We Can't Make it Here"
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Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
Sitting there by the left turn line
Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze
One leg missing, both hands free
No one's paying much mind to him
The V.A.budget's stretched so thin
And there's more coming' home from the Mideast war
We can't make it here anymore

That big ol' building was the textile mill
It fed our kids and it paid our bills
But they turned us out and they closed the doors
We can't make it here anymore

See all those pallets piled up on the loading dock
They're just gona sit there till they rot
'Cause there's nothing to ship, nothing to pack
Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
Empty storefronts around the square
There's a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
You don't come down here 'less you're looking to score
We can't make it here anymore

The bar's still open but man it's slow
The tip jar's light and the register's low
The bartender don't have much to say
The regular crowd gets thinner each day

Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won't pay for a roof, won't pay for a drink
If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
See how far 5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one of your stores
Bet you can't make it here anymore

High school girl with a bourgeois dream
Just like the pictures in the magazine
She found on the floor of the laundromat
A woman with kids can forget all that
If she comes up pregnant what'll she do
Forget the career, forget about school
Can she live on faith? live on hope?
High on Jesus or hooked on dope
When it's way too late to just say no
You can't make it here anymore

Now I'm stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
Just like the one's we made before
'Cept this one came from Singapore
I guess we can't make it here anymore

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in
Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean
They've never known want, they'll never know need
Their sh@# don't stink and their kids won't bleed
Their kids won't bleed in th da$% little war
And we can't make it here anymore

Will work for food
Will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake
Let 'em eat sh$%, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can't make it here anymore

And that's how it is
That's what we got
If the president wants to admit it or not
You can read it in the paper
Read it on the wall
Hear it on the wind
If you're listening at all
Get out of that limo
Look us in the eye
Call us on the cell phone
Tell us all why

In Dayton, Ohio
Or Portland Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
Thats done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There's rats in the alley
And trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can't make it here anymore

Those are the lyrics of the song "We Can't Make It Here" by James McMurtry who is from Texas I believe. I don't agree with everything expressed but the primary message is pretty much accurate at this point in history.

We must revive our manufacturing industry and return to prosperity through commerce. We simply cannot all depend on the government for our livelihood. This country rose to the top of world order through free enterprise and the manufacture of consumer goods. And we got there in a scant fifty years after the American Revolution. We now have far too much government and many of the government jobs are non essential.

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mountain commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 09:54 AM

You can blame the Government.
You can blame the Rich White Man.
UNIONS are the real reason jobs left this Country and are still leaving this Country.

UAW workers earn on average $6,000 cash bonus, a $3,700 profit sharing bonus and at least another $1,500 cash for each of the four years on the contract for a total of $15,700 on top of wages and benefits.

Government Motors (GM) contained a $5,000 bonus and an unspecified profit-sharing plan for union employees based on North American profits. And GM employees make less hourly than Ford employees do.

GM pays around $56 per hour including wages and benefits, which is less than what Ford pays but far higher than other companies like Chrysler and Hyundai Motor Co. Ford pays $58 per hour.

No wonder some auto companies needed a bailout. $56 and $58 an hour? Most CEOs and small business owners make less than that.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 15:14 PM

Mountain, You are correct in the point that UNIONS are the real reason jobs left this country and continue to do so.

I qualified my intro for that very reason among others.

I had no idea that the UAW wages were at that level.

Thank you very much for your info.

Very few small business owners ever even hope to make those kind of wages.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 15:46 PM

sebekm, I know for a fact that many small business owners have reluctantly resorted to using illegal aliens who are undocumented to avoid payroll taxes in order to remain competitive.

In the long term that is bad for everyone.

Unfortunately our liberal friends seem to think that small business owners are getting rich while the truth of the matter is that many small business owners often spend days and weeks where they are fortunate if they make minimum wage.

The very first issue regarding immigration is closing the borders both southern and northern.

Especially the southern one.

I've worked side by side with illegals from Mexico and I enjoy them.

They have the same work ethic that my generation was accustomed to.

Rosevelt started the slide into liberalism and L.B.J. kicked it into high gear when he raided the social security trust fund.

Jimmy Carter did probably the greatest harm of all when he opened the door for the usury practiced by our financial institutions.

The liberal bent of those who have decided that we all are entitled to a comfortable life without the responsibilities of earning it has been our undoing.


timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 15:50 PM

And I have no problem with the rich getting richer.

10 per cent is enough to give for anyone.

Somebody on this site once said that there is a dark side to capitalism.

The poor have never created any jobs for anyone other than social workers.

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